Disaster Alert Systems and Services
This section of our technical library presents articles written about Emergency Alert Systems and Disaster Recovery definitions, terms and related information.
The 911Broadcast emergency notification and alert service can deliver a large number of phone calls using a network of phone systems employing digital phone lines simultaneously. Should a disaster such as a snow storm, wild fire or flood hit your area, 911Broadcast systems can alert your community quickly providing specific instructions if an evacuation is required.
This service is available using our emergency broadcasting systems. If a dangerous chemical spill occurs in your community, you can target specific areas to call. If a severe snow storm hits your area, your community can be notified of school closings or event cancellations.
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Severe Weather Watches And Warnings Definitions
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
now Department Of Homeland Security
High flow or overflow of water from a river is possible in the given time period. It can also apply to heavy runoff or drainage of water into low-lying areas. These watches are generally issued for flooding that is expected to occur at least 6 hours after heavy rains have ended.
Flooding conditions are actually occurring or are imminent in the warning area.
Flash Flood Watch:
Flash flooding is possible in or close to the watch area. Flash Flood Watches are generally issued for flooding that is expected to occur within 6 hours after heavy rains have ended.
Flash Flood Warning:
Flash flooding is actually occurring or imminent in the warning area. It can be issued as a result of torrential rains, a dam failure, or ice jam.
Conditions are conducive to the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.
A tornado has actually been sighted by spotters or indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch:
Conditions are conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning:
A severe thunderstorm has actually been observed by spotters or indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.
Tropical Storm Watch:
Tropical storm conditions with sustained winds from 39 to 73 mph are possible in the watch area within the next 36 hours.
Tropical Storm Warning:
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area within the next 24 hours.
Hurricane conditions (sustained winds greater than 73 mph) are possible in the watch area within 36 hours.
Hurricane conditions are expected in the warning area in 24 hours or less.
Emergency Phone Dialers
DSC now offers an affordable and expandable emergency phone dialer and voice broadcasting (VB) analog phone system. This 4 line auto dialing system includes our voice message and broadcast Wizard software or comes optionally with our comprehensive software development toolkit.
You can program your own system or we can provide you with a custom message broadcasting application. These applications can be easily ported to our digital T1 phone system (PACER) when your call volume requires a larger system.
This entry level system can be easily expanded by adding agent lines and software to support a small response center including inbound emergency call handling and normal outbound dialing.
DSC provides voice broadcast software including our VB wizard development tool for creating custom phone applications. This wizard guides you through each step when defining your VB applications. Informational phone applications can be developed quickly. Simply record your phone prompts and fill in the blanks.